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from fans to pressure. starts on t.v. don't come. six thirty pm in moscow these iraqi headlines afghanistan's president tells our t.v. security of the country is under control despite incessant violence on the plans of the nato members to pull out early from a costly war. water another state where the alliance left its footprints of human rights who wants nato to be brought to justice over claims that dozens of civilians were in libya were killed after the military campaign there. syrian under arrest barb's three days of deadly clashes in neighboring lebanon while in syria itself terror groups try to drive the opposition's point home with a series of suicide bombings. difficulties in establishing the truth in troubled
arab countries and the next is the focus as we get insight from media monitor sharif nashashibi stay with us. today i'm talking to sherry nashashibi he's the chairman and co-founder of an organization called arab media watch it's an independent nonprofit stolk which works towards the independent and objective coverage of arab issues in the media sharif nashashibi thank you very much for talking to us today now let's start by talking about the arab spring in general how much diversity have you seen in media reporting of what's going on. well i think for the for me the major issue has been the difficulties which the media face and reporting the arab spring. in all the countries where there have been protests and regime change the. very strict kind of attempts to stifle media coverage to stop journalists getting in. to stop them
doing their work once they're in. i think that's been that's been the kind of overriding factor the commonality between all these countries is that it's been very difficult for the media to cover and that has meant a reliance on citizen journalism on opposition movements and things like that the problem with all that is that it's difficult to verify all these things so a lot of a lot of what's going on is based on hearsay. sources whose. you know news and opinions you connoisseur to verify. and this is a real problem and it's ironic because the the governments that are. experiencing these protests constantly complain that the media are relying on opposition movements to get their news but that's because the government stopping the media from going in and doing the job themselves but that does presumably mean that it has been very diverse in terms of who is reporting and what their reporting has it
presented a range of the point. yes it is i mean just like in any conflict there you know you are witnessing a propaganda war between the various opposition movements and the governments that are fighting. and both doing their utmost governments have really stepped up i mean the media freedom record has always been very bad in that region but is really going up a notch during these arab spring. but also the opposition movements have been very adept at using social media. to get their point across. certainly there has been misinformation on all sides. and again this is not something new and conflict but the social media has played an incredibly important role because the mainstream media has been unable to do the job properly because of all the restrictions and the physical dangers that they face so this is really kind of star kind of facebook and twitter was that you know if you look at the populations of
these countries a lot of them are very young they're quite quite good at using these social media outlets and the much more difficult for the government to control so in a way the government's attempts at stifling the media is actually shooting themselves in the foot because they are. giving opposition movements the ability to use other means which are more difficult for the government to control and yet there have been a lot of underreported issues haven't there is these conflicts of progress racism in libya the feeding of the syrian armed opposition by by foreign governments the entire revolution in bahrain yeah the problem is is that media due to budget constraints and other factors that really they are a kind of one story machine so you'll have you'll have a flashpoint somewhere in the media will focus on the flashpoint and everything else kind of falls off the radar and then when that incidents over they will move on to something else so this is necessarily any conspiracy the media's.
enabling but it's you know. just unable to cover more than one big story at a time. so yes has been has been overlooked until now the grand prix has been happening and then once that was being worked out something else was was not being with us so this is a problem and because there are so much happening in the arab world right now and in the spring is just as a fact of so many countries it's impossible for the media to give all these incidents the coverage they deserve and they do all deserve the same amount of coverage and we seem to get the picture in the western media of the uprising as the opposition always being right and the government always being wrong but isn't the situation actually much more complex than that. well i mean i am not a spokesman for the government or the opposition i think if you look at various countries i think opposition movements have gotten things wrong i mean the you know there have been credible like he's oceans of misleading. and propaganda but
likewise the governments have done exactly the same thing i think if you look at the on balance it is the governments that are wrong because these springs these revolutions wouldn't have happened unless you know people are gotten fed up with the fact that they cannot express themselves freely they cannot live in democratic systems they don't have the basic human rights and this is been going on for so many decades of people who just simply had enough to the point that government's proposing reforms was too little too late and the violent ways in which the governments put down these protests meant that you know any talk reform was was pointless but does revolution by its very definition a not gain as an impetus all of its way into the even if the government's needs countries are offering credible reforms that this sort of this revolution continues nonetheless yeah but this happens when when governments are either do not react in
a new way to the revolutions they don't listen to them or you know what we see in these countries is governments trying to propose enough reforms to try and placate the revolutions without actually meaning that those regimes will give up power and people now see through this and they're like these are just cosmetic steps i think this is a problem if the if the demands of these revolutions were met early on and in the sufficient way it wouldn't mean maintain the kind of momentum and there's been a lot of talk about democracy but recently you wrote about an electoral law which has been introduced in. egypt and libya a law which says that anyone who's been involved with the old regimes in those countries can't run for election now is that democracy no it's not a. and i was very vocally against this because i think what these electoral laws are doing in a way just the same as what those regimes that was barring candidates from running and that that is inherently antidemocratic. you should give people the choice.
you should be able to gauge the level of support that the officials from the former regime has had if they don't have any support then let them fail electorally rather than make them political martyrs and if they do have significant support then it is unwise and dangerous to alienate sections of the populations that that support those candidates so you know democracy is not a case of you know. you know only allowing people to be elected who you want to be elected you have to listen to the will of the people and i think it is you know it is you know this is a whole mark of the performer jeems to say well these people are not allowed to run you have to vote for the for the people that we that we let you vote for so i don't think i think this is very dangerous. since i wrote that article i see libya has passed another law that parties based on religion are not allowed to run which i find very strange because libya is almost unanimously sunni muslim so i find this
is a very odd thing to parties to run on the religious basis people should have the choice if they want to vote for parties then fine the danger again here is that you're going to make political martyrs out of these movements that feel that they should. have parties represented by religion and they're going to be driven on the ground and this could create the kind of instability. and extremism that wouldn't occur if there if people are allowed to express themselves the only way for these transitions to go smoothly is if you have as much of the population as possible the feel that they are in franchised if you disenfranchise them even a small section of population it can be really dangerous if you look at iraq i mean . the wholesale exclusion of a section of the population led to catastrophic what happened in iraq lessons are not being and you talk about the will of the people and let's talk specifically about syria for a moment there's sort of movements in some international news networks where
experts are claiming that syria the syrian people do want an international intervention have you seen any proof of that. well there's different forms of international intervention i think there is there is a consensus that you know they don't want foreign troops in syria where you have disagreements now is whether whether the opposition should be armed or not or whether there should be safe passages in corridors and syria that's where the debate is i don't think i don't think anyone wants foreign troops on the ground it's mainly about arming the opposition and i think the the problem i see i understand the concerns of people have been with arming the opposition because there isn't that kind of accountability you know you don't know what those weapons will be used who will use them against who you who they'll use and you don't really know who these people are right particularly in syria no but the problem i feel with with not arming them is at the moment you have
a government army that is not under any arms embargo it is allowed to bring as much weapons as it wants and into the country and we've seen shipments of weapons coming in and you have an opposition that is you know if they are armed they're very lightly armed so what i fear is that those who are against arming the opposition kind of almost fueling the imbalance because the government can only if it wants to can only get stronger militarily and the opposition will only have a finite amount of weapons to fight with is a solution not then an international blanket international arms embargo for both sides i would think this would be a better option it's a less dangerous than the militarized further militarization of the revolution but unfortunately given the viewpoints of various parties and security council i don't think that will ever happen russia and china will not agree to an arms embargo on syria not just because they're allies but they are suppliers of arms to the syrian government so that what happened. this is my worry is that the disagreements on the
security council you know they are emboldening the government to act in the way that it's acting and this is i think will only. fuel increasing desperation among the opposition movements and syria and now you're seeing you know car bombs and things are that you want seeing before all right what's the future particularly for reporting in north africa in the middle east particularly with. power as a result of these uprisings it has improved i don't think the rise of islamic parties in those countries has a bearing on the levels of press freedom it's only to tell because you know a lot of these countries because they're never been press freedoms it's this is a process that's going to take some time to build institutions to try to train journalists properly you know the to allow just journalism to function in the way that it should and it never has in those countries so it's difficult. where things will stand but i think i think it's it's harder than the right direction whether
the little so there was a different matter but i think the important thing now is that people under us are acutely aware of their rights and how long they've been denied them and i think it will be much more difficult now that the genie is out of the bottle to put it i can't. thank you very much. technology innovation all the developments around russia we've got the future covered.
and feeds with the palm of your. comb. afghanistan's president tells are key security of the country is under control despite incessant violence and plans of nato members to pull out early from the costly war on. another state where the alliance left his footprints a human rights group wants nato to be brought to justice over claims that dozens of civilians in libya were killed after the military campaign there. syrian arrest parks three days of deadly clashes in neighboring lebanon while in syria itself terror groups try to drive the opposition's point home with a series of suicide bombers. tapes up next what sports stay with us.
thank you for joining me for the sports on a day of managerial merry go round the russian football here's what's coming up. not my fault russia coach they got back on planes a russian football chief say his decision to quit after this summer's european championships. plus all change for the balance here was a lie every becomes the new spartak moscow manager artillery company guided the red white to next season's champions league. and army crushed heartbreak protest as the moscow side loses possible euro league final by a single point in the last second to greek side a live p.r. course. but first take out the guards as planed the russian football union for his decision to stand down as russia coach later this summer the sixty four year old dutchman says the union has reneged on a deal that would have seen him leave the side until twenty fourteen which of on court records. the media pack the headquarters of the russian union would you
advocate spilled the beans on his short good fortune and the dutchman certainly didn't pull any punches explaining he was bitterly disappointed to stand down after the euros and accused the russian football union of going back on their word why not offering him an extension just. before the european championships first. i'm very disappointed about the way it went ahead of him prez was signed of four years due to close to. article death in april bars as to say yes or no and i respected that but the federation wanted to wanted to do a deal after the tournament and again they can do that by an experienced coach the nerves are not by a coach who proved himself. however he will guide russia for the euros and in terms of his squad selection the media talking point was his decision not to include do not be dean of. the russian has been an ever present for the national team over the
last five years however the twenty seven year old didn't do enough to convince the dutchman to pick him because all respectfully do you know. he didn't play well there for dinner or he didn't he didn't even play. even most part he was not always a regular going to have to choose between. between our supreme court goon or the dean of known for me as well to pull one of the major surprises was brickell of monitors my love the twenty nine year old hasn't put on a russia shirt in eight years however advocates say is the sporting lisbon forwards excellent club form convinced him to pick him up to move four five down which you reckon are biased by sporting playing on a high level and he's playing the last couple of months of every game. despite their just going to. play a little with the russian season just finishing players will have
a week off before the squad gets together to stop their preparations for the euros on the twenty first of may undercut believes but germany spain and benevolence of a main favorites convince russia as potential to spring a surprise but earthing we can become overly. interested outside a blow to where we can blow then we can beat everybody russia have a vastly experienced squad which is already been together for a number of years and advocate will be determined to wendy's reign on the high notes by trying to at least repeat the country's success of previous european championships four years ago when they got to the semifinals richardson bulkeley dancey moscow. well meanwhile in the russian premier league despite leaving spartak moscow to run as ups fought for four champions will football manager valarie karpen will step down as planned with form about ok abbas and i are a total challenge with a lot of for. act what your old spanners appointment was confirmed just after
sponsor one junior looked like much heat in the moscow dobby's to leap frog and secure european top flight for well during four years of volunteer emery guided the spanish team to third place in the league at three times in a row and it was also a real sociedad along with campaign when i went up stairs and take over as general direct response like this in all the transfers was a change at the helm and also being confirmed a lot more teeth. slopping village has signed a three year deal with the railway men who were only take over after the euros in july the forty three year old was in charge of croatia at the two thousand and eight tournament where his team famously beat england three two in a qualifier when blake two hundred russia a place in the finals all village with aces outgoing managers eighty seven to become a fourth coach in four years. so it was like a look what he faced each other on the last day of the season with sponsors rowing out to no witness which as we said second place behind the meat and
a spot in next season's champions league defender matic suki not even spot at first read way through the first off and doubled their lead five minutes before the break aiden mcgeady system for those goals. well to finish second spot also needed says got to lose it twice former champions were green and the army men played into their hands as they swung with a one goal lead to go down three warning because iran has a home there with a visit doesn't front right before the interval but it was all really after the restart nelson valdez came off the bench to read the grand equaliser. and then got the nice car the nice was first to rebound give him side a two one lead with eight minutes to go. and he then swiftly turned provided to sit there at the moment or to make it three one. cup winners or be in the us denying to sky champions league football axes. and. this guy will be joined in the right to
equal angie despite a two nil home defeat of champions in these first ladies from the with heart of volley did and they are shot and crossed right after the break and then the heart of assisted in so much was the late goal is the same petersburg side wrapped up their title defense on the high. while a lot of goal by inform visit on the same of it helps to damage a one want to give on the home side stop scoreless in a try opened after ten minutes and they clung on to that lead almost to the end. of it soundly to the draw deep into injury time the bosnian midfielder was first denied by the woodwork and kept his calm to find the back of the net. so this is how the top of the table finished as it is we're already champions for the second year running and are joined in the champions league by spots like europa league places get to test and then our proceedings angy russian cup winners rubin. while over in england match the city found celebrated throughout the night and an
open top bus parade will soon get under way after their team were crowned champions for the first time in forty four years on a thrilling final day city scored two stoppage time goals to win three two at home to ten man q.p.r. and snatched the title from rivals manchester united on goal difference well one one after fifty five minutes q.p.r. captain joey barton was sent off for violent conduct but rangers then took the lead through jamie mackie to stun the fans if he had stayed here and that is how it stood and tell ninety minutes go on when late late goals were at injector and sent the packed ground from despair to delivery of a city grab to the title from under the noses of united with one one no that's all and was also third place with a three two win at west brom tottenham big fallen to neil and finished fourth bottom relegated along with wolves and they could only draw two two at stoke but the day belong to city and their long awaiting supporters. nature of the club does not this is the final like these. are taking that. i am
very proud for my players because the idea that they wanted to win this day that they walked out of for the reason they want to do in these days when people are sick of it as a game. down to basketball though and there is heartbreak for tesco in istanbul as the moscow side missed out on a seventh year early title after losing the final by a single point to olympiacos the only one had lead for much of the game a three point zero by milosz player thus it makes the score twenty five thirteen in the top of the second quarter and first slide nineteen points clear in the third but at n.p.r. has caught that way back and the last test that they missed a golden chance to pinch the game as the mass shish process failed to score twice on the free throw line in the dying seconds and then clung on to a one point lead but with less than a second left on the clock they were hit by
a sucker punch just pintos is racing down the other end to sink the winning basket to give the greek side a stunning sixty two points to sixty one victory as their star for them by caroline case had his team and the cup and selves to blame. disappointed who also. played a great game in the first half was the fourth one of jordan overs where there was never a lot of snow where we start saving ourselves in the fourth quarter but there is no fourth quarter you know where we do have momentum going away and that's why we want to do. things we're really going to want to i don't think real problem with us today we know probably would often suno were in the first row for everything was falling on our hands you know very great difference going to go to the north fence . but in the second which is what it's going to be once. american not too shy has one goal is richest tournament the players' championship after a two shot victory over scotland's martin lead at sawgrass gave himself a three shot could. after rolling in this budget on the sixteenth and even my buggy
the next the american was cool and collected the last seen in regulation paul for victory and a prize of one point seven million dollars we also may have some up to six in the world rankings want luke donald missed the chance to reclaim the number one spot the rory mcilroy after finishing outside the top four in six. and finally just over two months to go before the london games the greatest olympian of all time michael phelps says it will be a tall order to emulate his swimming success from beijing four years ago. i know it won't be a go but our eight medals again. you know if you guys want to compare me to that that's your decision it's not. but i'm going out there to try to accomplish the things that i have and. in my mind that in my heart and you know if i can do that and i can have fun and that's really all that matters to me. and that's all the sports days i can.
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